Ceramic and porcelain tiles are widely used in our homes in kitchens, bathrooms, conservatories and other rooms, and the laying of these tiles on either floors or walls can often be tackled as a DIY job. Laying straight lines of tiles is a relatively easy job as is making straight cuts in the tiles, but rooms are rarely perfectly square around the edges and it is the finish around the edges that is the most difficult to get right.
Monthly Archive: July 2012
Slate tiles are one of the most versatile coverings and can be used as floor tiles and wall tiles and in almost every aspect of the home. A whole room can be lined with natural slate tiles. You can even cover furniture with it. It looks just beautiful on bars, tables, and worktops. Even home accessories such as wall clocks, coasters, trivets, and chess boards can be made with slate. But why use natural slate tiles?
Travertine tiles can have four major finishes, polished (shiny), honed (matte), brushed and tumbled. The type of finish given to the travertine tile will determine how shiny the surface will be. Polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth, the brushed and tumbled surfaces are textured. A polished tile surface is the shiniest, while the tumbled surface reflects the least amount of light.
We are probably all familiar with inkjet printers and their many uses from printing paperwork, children’s homework, photos, our own greetings cards etc. but industrial strength versions are also now being used to print designs on ceramic tiles with specially formulated inks. This opens up a whole new world of design possibilities in our homes with a range of new decorative effects from established ceramic tile manufacturers and also from smaller companies who will print your own designs onto ceramic tiles.
Bathroom tiling is often seen as a just a practical choice when designing and building a bathroom. It’s a wet environment, so of course it’s better to have the water stopping power of tile, which won’t mold or allow water to seep through into the main floorboards. Furthermore, tile is easy to clean and can be mopped up. Moreover, it allows water to evaporate more easily, which can help to reduce moisture damaged in the rest of the room. Without a doubt, it’s the best possible material for a bathroom. However, many people don’t think about how much color and style they can add to their home with the skillful use of tiling. […]